London King’s Cross Track Upgrade Reaches Final Stage
Work is underway on the final stage of a major project to transform London King’s Cross’ track layout, which will reduce congestion.
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Alstom will supply 6 new Coradia Lint regional trains to Germanys Lower Saxony State public transit authority, LNVG. This order follows an initial contract signed in 2011. The total value is around 25 million. As part of the contract, Alstom will also adapt 13 Coradia Lint regional trains already in service so that they can be operated as multiple units with the new trains. All new and modernised trains will be ready for operation in 2016.
Manufactured by Alstom in Salzgitter (Germany) and Katowice (Poland), the 6 new Coradia Lint 41 trains have a total capacity of 232 people each, including 114 seats, and reach a maximum speed of 120 km/h. The trains will feature wheelchair spaces, dedicated toilets and a bridge to overcome the gap between the train and the platform edge to guarantee train access for all passengers.
They are fitted with security cameras to increase passenger safety. Hans-Joachim Menn, speaker of the management of LNVG, emphasises another important technical feature: The new vehicles as well as the adapted 13 Coradia Lint vehicles can be connected to LNVGs existing fleet in multiple-unit operation.
Through this order, we are continuing our long-standing, successful partnership with LNVG and are helping to further improve the services available for passengers between Wilhelmshaven, Osnabrck and Bremen. With these 6 new vehicles, LNVG will now have ordered 126 Coradia Lint trains from us, says Martin Lange, managing director of Alstom Transport in Germany.
Furthermore, erixx GmbH received today, the first Coradia Lint from the initial order placed in 2011 for training purposes. This pre-series vehicle got a special permit to ride on public tracks without passengers. We are happy to be provided with this vehicle at an early stage, so that we can thoroughly check the train. This is essential for the start of operations, says Wolfgang Kloppenburg, managing director of erixx GmbH.
The future drivers are to be trained on this vehicle, which will also be used for maintenance training. The pre-series vehicle has been provided to the operator 8 months before the regular operations start. All 28 trains ordered in December 2011 are to enter operation between Harz and Lneburger Heide by late 2014.
Coradia Lint belongs toAlstoms Coradia range of modular trainswhich benefit from over 30 years of experience and proven technical solutions. More than 3,000 Alstom regional trains have been sold. In Europe, they are currently circulating in Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
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